Category: Commentary

Great Albums: Jesus Christ Superstar

An iconic cover and a menacing overture filled my young mind with fear. If I were to choose a favorite decade of recorded music, I would pick the incredibly fertile ten years from 1965 through 1974.  It was the golden era of unrestrained, long-form, innovative rock music, when an unprecedented tolerance for experimentation allowed talented artists […]

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The Annotated Edward Cramer

An early influence? When children express their boundless imagination in writing, the results can be bizarre.  I am regularly reminded of this as a teacher of elementary-age students.  It is my privilege to observe their literary development at a formative stage, when their novice attempts to emulate various styles sometimes merge with their limited background […]

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Take Me To Your Liter

Let’s see:  1 inch equals 2.54 centimeters, so 1 centimeter equals…hmm… Whatever happened to that great push to fully implement the metric system of measurement in the United States?  I was only an elementary school student in the Seventies, yet I was not immune to the controversy surrounding some contemporary educational issues.  There was the backlash […]

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No Gutzon, No Glory

It can be hard to change your mind about things set in stone.  Especially icons. My father worked second shift when I was very young, and it was not unusual for me to be awake to greet him when he returned home.  It might explain why my earliest memories include the experience of watching our local […]

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Reminiscents

I hadn’t thought about this object for quite some time. The other I day I was teaching my class while walking about the room with a long, wooden pointer that I sometimes use to highlight important information but mostly enjoy twirling as a prop.  There’s something about giving it a few spins that seems to […]

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Organization Man

First by artist, then by original release date.  An island of control in a sea of chaos. I am not an obsessively organized person, but I will acknowledge a few quirks that, to some, may represent an unnecessary attention to detail, if not a hint of madness.  Although many facets of general housekeeping escape my […]

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Yes, Wonderful

Ever have one of those days? “I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.” “Aw, youth is wasted on the wrong people!” “This old thing?  Why, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” “Well, I’m sorry – HEY!” “Out you two pixies go, through the door or out the […]

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Please Rewind

Do the abbreviations SP, LP, and SLP mean anything to you? The year is 2009.  The setting:  an elementary school.  During a break between classes, I dart into the office and scan the staff mailboxes.  Lurking in my apportioned slot is a shrink-wrapped, rectangular box of vaguely familiar dimensions.  I retrieve the item and turn it […]

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